The future of Vizag: A hydrogen city with zero emissions

The future of Vizag: A hydrogen city with zero emissions

According to M Kamalakar Babu, CEO of the AP Solar Power Corporation, Andhra Pradesh would add 7 additional gigawatts (GW) of renewable energy capacity over the next three years, bringing its total capacity to 9 GW.

The three-day Hydrogen Energy Resource and Opportunity (HERO-2023) energy environment summit got underway on Monday in Visakhapatnam. The conference is being organized by the Indian Institute of Petroleum and Energy (IIPE).

Speaking at the summit, Kamalakar Babu said that several pumped hydro storage projects have been planned both on river and off-river sites. “Andhra Pradesh has been at the forefront of renewable energy. The state has itself set on a mission to supply 24×7 green energy to its public. We are working on transforming Vizag as a hydrogen city,” said Kamalakar Babu.

Ministry of Petroleum and natural gas secretary Pankaj Jain delivered the keynote address. “It is envisaged to generate 25 MMT of hydrogen energy by 2050 of which 75% comes from electrolysis and 30% from coal and natural gas. The intellectual capital and location advantage will keep IIPE as a primary academic and research Institute in the energy sector and Vizag can be a production cluster for hydrogen energy,” said Pankaj Jain.

Prof. GK Surya Prakash, the George A. and Judith A. Olah Noble Laureate Chair in Hydrocarbon Chemistry at the University of Southern California stated that anthropogenic processes that result in ocean acidification, global warming, and ice melting are responsible for pumping 38 billion tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere.

“Hydrogenization is important, but decarbonization is equally important to save the planet and economic growth,” said Prof Surya Prakash. 

Prof. Shalivahan, director of the IIPE, delivered the welcome speech. Prof. Somnath Ghosh, the event’s organizer, provided an overview of the summit.

Content Credit: The Times of India